My own professional training enables me to make use of psychological resources such as cognitive-behavioural techniques, personality profiling and Transactional Analysis as well as skills teaching in my work. I have been privileged to work with some of the leading personal development trainers in the world and I regularly extend my skills with research and training.
I am licensed to provide profiling in the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) for individuals and teams, the Type Dynamics Indicator (TDI) for individuals, the Management Team Roles Indicator (MTR-i) for teams and the 15FQ+ personality traits profile for individuals.
For details of my approach to one-to-one coaching see my Coaching page.
For an overview of the training courses I offer, see my Home page.
My qualifications include:
Degrees in Psychology and English
Postgraduate Certificate in Social Sciences from the Open University
Certificate in Training and Development from the ITD (now the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development)
Diplomas in Coaching and Mentoring at levels 5 (Management) and 7 (Executive) from the Institute of Leadership and Management
National Open College Certificate in Designing and Writing E-Learning Content.
Certificates for three years of training in Transactional Analysis
Primary Certificate in Occupational and Organisational Stress Management
My previous experience
Before moving into training I spent 15 years in educational publishing, where I rose through the ranks to become a manager responsible for planning and producing a publishing programme to a projected turnover. I therefore have experience of managing others and of setting and working to budgets and business plans. My work involved influencing others in a team both inside and outside the organisation and required good interpersonal skills and organisation.
Writing and editing of training/educational materials/e-learning
Alongside my training and coaching, I write and edit training and educational materials including e-learning (see also my E-learning page). I use my experience in educational publishing with my training skills and professional training in e-learning, and can also combine these to produce blended learning programmes.
My professional memberships: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, British Psychological Society, Association for Coaching
Comments about me from participants on my courses:
Testimonials from training clients
"Valerie designed and ran an excellent workshop on team working for my department at the Open University. Her careful research, consultation and preparation, together with skilful facilitation, meant that the day was very well-received. The activities Valerie put together were thought-provoking and specifically suited to our own needs. I am sure our working practices will be enhanced as a result."
“Valerie's work has a depth and insight based on careful research and thought. She is not afraid to challenge assertively and earns respect for this. The words integrity, quality and challenge come to mind. She also has a realistic awareness of organisational needs when working at a personal level with individuals which I find helpful. “
"Valerie gave me some managerial coaching recently. Her perception built on many years of personal experience, allied to a sound understanding of the psychology of management, greatly assisted me in managing several highly unusual and problematic issues I was dealing with at the time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Valerie to other managers in the hope that they would benefit similarly."
Wylie Horn, Section Manager, NSMS (Network Systems Management Service), University of Oxford
“Personal coaching has been very valuable in supporting my learning and development. It has refreshed the inherently positive energy which sustains growth and given me strategies to use when I lose ‘the brighter picture.’ “
Eleanor Wadge, Senior Manager, Quality and Curriculum, Oxfordshire Adult Learning
“I thought it was incredibly valuable. I didn’t really understand the concept of coaching in a business sense, and I thought it was great. I would definitely recommend the process, and Valerie Fawcett, to other people who wish to progress.”
Victoria Pace, Senior Client Manager, Sport England
“I went on a standard management course about four years ago. I must say that personal coaching has proved to be much more useful and has, I think, greater ‘stickability’ because I could learn directly from my own experiences. ”
NHS Senior Manager
“I feel very pleased with the way it went. I feel that I have more insight into why I react as I do in certain circumstances and have acquired some tools to deal with my reactions. I am also aware that this is just the beginning and that I need to go on working at these different ways of thinking if I am not to lose what I have started to understand.“
Project Manager, Publishing
The courses outlined on these pages were developed to meet client needs and I am happy to tailor new courses. Recommendations from previous users are available for all courses. Clients range from local government and NHS trusts to some of Britain's largest publishers, manufacturing companies and retailers. (Click here for a list of clients.)